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Inclement Weather Update

Due to current weather conditions, Skidmore College will suspend operations Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Residence halls and the dining hall will remain open for students on campus and those who are able to return to campus on Sunday. However, all other scheduled activities have been cancelled.

Essential staff should report as scheduled. Facilities Services will continue to work throughout the storm. Read more at

The Skidmore Guide to Writing


Any introduction needs to:

  • give your reader a clear idea of what question you are answering in your paper
  • invite your reader to Pin you in considering that question (that is, the introduction should appeal to the reader's interest)
  • give a sense of why the question is important - to you and others
  • give the reader an idea of what kinds of sources you are considering for evidence.

The introduction, then, presents a question, the context for asking that question, and your motivation for answering it.

To read about an introduction in the context of the writing process, click here.